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Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind Hardcover – Ultraviolet, November 13, 2012
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Ross’s screenwriter background serves his debut well—this novella-in-verse boasts engaging characters, a sturdy plot, and the never-fail enchantment of flying. . . . It’s not hard to imagine this on a big screen.
About the Author
Matthew Myers is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Tyrannosaurus Dad by Liz Rosenberg and Clink by Kelly DiPucchio. Matthew Myers lives in Brooklyn.
Top Customer Reviews
Bartholomew Biddle finds new worlds to explore by simply grabbing a bed sheet and riding the winds. He meets and befriends pirates in one world, gets caught in a valley that seems to trap all explorers, as it's there he meets Amelia Earhart, and most importantly passes on his knowledge of flight to a boy trapped in a world that seems lifted from "A Wrinkle in Time."
The story is written in verse and fortunately never gets bogged down in it. The illustrations are beautiful and equal to the story itself.
It is a book that parents should read to children right before they go to sleep at night, because it will undoubtably cue up the most amazing dreams.
When my first son was born in 2003, I printed out the only 2 or so pages I could find that had been written and I would read it to my boys over the years...always checking the internet for more...always wondering....patiently waiting...
and then! one day! to my surprise! I saw a pre-order sale on Amazon!
The rest is history....I'm in love...I'm grateful...I'm relieved...I tear up when I think about all we went through to be together...Thank you Mr. Gary Ross <3
btw, this story is much longer than I ever hoped for...this is not a book to read in one sitting before bedtime which is perfect! the boys can't wait to find out what happens next =)
A soaring bedsheet carries a young boy on three incredible adventures in this compelling debut by acclaimed film director Gary Ross.
My thoughts: This is a magical book of adventure filled with bold, boy-loving pictures by artist Matthew Myers who wields his oil filled brush boldly on canvas to create images to bring the most adventurous boy's fancy to life.
I love the poetic story format and while lengthy it will capture the imagination and interest of readers and listeners alike. Example: After he lands in pirate paradise...
"So, you thought we were all
just some nasty marauders,
and petty defrauders?
"But nothing, you see,
could be further from true.
I mean, why do we all
do the things that we do?
"The rings in our noses,
the parrots, the rum--
we just do that stuff
because it is fun!"
Children will build learning and listening skills by engaging in a story written in rhyme and this one is lengthy which will aid in their development of a learning attention span.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought because of movie I watched she was reading this book to her 6 month old child.Published 2 months ago by Hstls7
My husband and I waited for this to become a real book for almost 16 years. Thank you Gary Ross!Published on January 22, 2014 by Rebecca McLenna
Our great-grandson loves this book! His mom loves it too, as she reads to him every night. It is an exciting adventure for a five-year-old.Published on April 29, 2013 by ladyfisher